The state press association will roast Mississippi's Third District Congressman during a benefit for its education foundation.
Rep. Gregg Harper will be the guest of honor for the Jan. 28 event at the Hilton Jackson. Proceeds from the roast are used to underwrite the scholarship and internship programs of the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation.
Harper is serving his fourth term in Congress, having been elected first in 2008. The son of a former petroleum engineer and a mom who worked two days a week until she was 88 years old, A graduate of Mississippi College, Harper earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for 27 years before running for Congress.
Harper is a former prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland. He also served on the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board. He and his wife Sidney reside in Pearl and have two children, Livingston and Maggie.
Panelists include Gov. Phil Bryant, authors and political gurus Andy Taggart and Jere Nash, and Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden.
Roastmaster for the event will again be Sid Salter, director of Mississippi State University Office of Public Affairs and longtime syndicated columnist. Tickets are on sale now.
The 26th annual Roast will be held in conjunction with MPA’s annual Mid-Winter Conference. A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 each, or a table of eight is $600.
The MPA Education Foundation was established in 1983 to provide internships and scholarships for aspiring journalists and grants for instructional programs at in-state universities and colleges. MPA, founded in 1866, is the trade group for 120 member-newspapers in the Magnolia State.